These are a few of my favorite things. Do you recognize these song lyrics? As we begin to wind down 2021, I’ve been blogging about my favorite tools, resources, and experts across my three blog themes. To date, we’ve covered branding and inclusion. To close the series out, we’re talking lifestyle. I’m sharing a few of my favorite products, as well as inspirational lifestyle leaders to make your days merry and bright. (And yes – another intentional riff on holiday lyrics).
Make your days merry in the kitchen and outside
Take a chill. If you’re a wine drinker, I’ve got something for you! The sleeved LeCreuset wine chiller is an affordable and space-saving alternative to a small-capacity wine fridge. Simply put it in the freezer and slide it over the bottle when ready to use. It takes a couple of hours to freeze and 20 minutes to chill your bottle. The bottle (and following bottles) remain chilled for hours!
Give your feet some love. For the feet, I’m giving Clarks flip flops (the Mira design) a super shout-out. This line is especially comfortable if you need a supportive flop due to foot issues. For me, I’m a runner who had plantar fasciitis. I live in flops and they’re comfortable, stylish, and good for the feet!
Welcome Vitamin D yet safely. I preach about sunscreen because I’m blessed to live in the sunshine state of Florida. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer 70 Sun Stick is incredible. It’s a light roll on and lasts forever. It’s not greasy, and it’s a rare find at a 70 level. Excellent for the face as well as the body. It lasts much longer than a spray and is less greasy than a lotion.
Roll like a stone. I’m a fan of the Yes 4All brand roller to melt away sore body aches. You decide on length and firmness and literally, roll the pained body part against it. Please consult with a wellness professional or your GP first. It’s a lifesaver for working out sore muscles and tissue. Google this product to choose your retailer as they don’t sell directly to consumers.
Be kind to Mother Nature. Living at the Jacksonville beaches, I easily collected 20+ plastic pieces on walks. As a result, I committed to reducing plastic usage. Replace plastic food storage bags with Yuedaer bags. I love this brand because they’re sturdy, affordable, come in a 3-size pack, and are easy to clean. They’re also not direct to consumers so Google it.
Create a bright future by learning from the experts
I’m also highlighting people doing good work to make our everyday lives easier. Not only are they experts in what they do, they genuinely want to help people. Some are local; some are national.
Enjoy the ride. My first two experts are based in the Ocala area. I was super bummed when my bike brakes went and my tire blew out. I asked a neighbor for a recommendation. Santos Bike Shop fixed my bike in a timely, affordable manner complete with a tune-up and a wash! Beyond service, I appreciated the community and cycling conversations.
Connect with your dog. I contacted CRK9 for dog and human training. We did our homework faithfully and after four weeks and eight lessons, we made tremendous progress utilizing an E-Collar. If you’re local and in need, look them up. If not, research E-Collar training. It’s humane (no shock) and we saw solid, sustained results.
Yoga on the beach. COVID forced me to appreciate virtual yoga. I have two favorites. First up, Lesley Fightmaster. She’s a guru, mama yogi, welcoming, and comforting. Her Bonus B factor is the beach, where she often tapes her sessions. Explore Fightmaster’s YouTube channel for different types of yoga at the beginner and intermediate levels.
Yoga with a dog. Another favorite online yoga instructor is Adriene. Her Bonus B factor is Benji, her dog! He’s a constant co-star! Adriene is relatable, present, and funny. She also teaches different types of yoga, primarily at the beginner level with some intermediate classes on her YouTube channel.
Welcome a new year with love and peace
In this series, I’ve also included my favorite blog posts over the last eight years. My lifestyle heart favorite is my love dedication to Bo, my first black lab son. It took me months to wrap my head around writing it. I chose to focus on the positive love that supported us during our cancer journey. My second favorite is Water as a metaphor for life. This post talks about how water brings a sense of calm and peace, even if there are active currents below and waves crashing. A metaphor for life.
As always, we’re a community. Please feel free to drop a few of your favorite lifestyle products, experts, websites, or local gurus in the comments below. May you find time to make your days merry and bright. And maybe even sing a few holidays songs.
Debbie Schallock is a content and brand strategist, DEI ally, communication thought leader, and content marketing partner to agencies. She’s the founder of Seachange Branding, arming startups and SMBs with the right tools to clarify business positioning and carve a competitive advantage. She blogs on the topics of branding and inclusion. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations – A Space for Gray: The Value of Difference.